Cybercrime Squad detectives arrest man over alleged data breach under Strike Force Division

Thursday, 02 May 2024 05:15:53 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Vision of the arrest will be available via Hightail later today.

Cybercrime Squad detectives investigating an alleged data breach threatening to share the personal details of over one million people have arrested a man in Fairfield West.

Yesterday (Wednesday 1 May 2024), officers attached to State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad were alerted to a website which had published the personal information of patrons who signed-in using their drivers’ licences at specific premises across NSW.

Cybercrime Squad detectives worked closely with Federal and State agencies to contain the breach and commenced an investigation under Strike Force Division.

Following extensive inquiries, about 4.20pm today (Thursday 2 May 2024), strike force detectives executed a search warrant in Fairfield West.

At the address, police arrested a 46-year-old man. He will be taken to Fairfield Police Station where he is expected to be charged with blackmail.

Commander of the Cybercrime Squad, Detective Acting Superintendent Gillian Lister, said this breach should act as a remind for people to check their personal cyber security.

“Now is the optimal time to make sure your cyber hygiene is good; you have strong passwords and are using two-factor authentication where possible,” Det A/Supt Lister said.

“If you think your details may have been compromised, use extra caution when reviewing emails or texts and never click on a suspicious or unfamiliar link.

“Always make sure to report incidents of cybercrime through the Australian Cyber Security Centre or Scamwatch.”

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.